LOS ANGELES — Angelina Jolie said Brad Pitt accused her of “ruining this family” during a heated — and at times physical — confrontation aboard their private jet in 2016, according to an FBI report on the shared incident. with both sides originally in 2017. The report, which has not been made public, was obtained by NBC News on Tuesday.
A recently sealed Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the FBI listed a “Jane Doe” as seeking release of FBI documents. Details of what is being sought in the most recent filing are unclear, and a lawyer for Jane Doe said in April she could not comment on her client’s identity. But the lawyer noted that this client “has been looking for such records for years, but was blocked and had to resort to legal action to receive the necessary records.”
The original filing, viewed by NBC News in March, described the complainant as female and said that “her then-husband and their children, who were all minors at the time, were traveling by private plane,” when the “husband allegedly the physically and verbally abused plaintiff and the children, who “suffered lasting physical and mental trauma as a result of the assault,” in the FBI report.
Representatives for Jolie did not respond to requests for comment. Representatives for Pitt declined to comment. The FBI also declined to discuss the case.
But sources familiar with the ongoing legal battle between the two are slamming Jolie for allegedly seeking to have the document released via FOIPA.
“This report was given to both parties almost six years ago. We both had it, in full,” sources told NBC News. “The last paragraph … is very clear and concise about the fact that all parties, all law enforcement have agreed on the decision not to press charges. It was not like a close call. They conducted their investigation as they should. And the decision was made with the agreement of all parties.
In November 2016, the FBI and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) closed an investigation into allegations of physical abuse involving Pitt and his children which stemmed from a September 2016 incident aboard a private plane carrying Pitt, Jolie and their children. A source close to Pitt at the time said: “He insists it didn’t rise to the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed. He didn’t hit his child in any way. in the face. He didn’t do that; he’s adamant about it. He got his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was spiraling out of control.
No criminal charges were ever filed against Pitt. Pretty filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Jolie accused Pitt in 2018 of not paying”significant” Alimony for more than a year. Although he was declared legally single in April 2018, custody issues remained ongoing. The split between the couple – once known to fans as “Brangelina” – was very public.
The FBI report outlines Jolie’s perspective on what she described as a tension-filled, hour-long flight during which she said Pitt had been drinking.
In a Article GQ 2017Pitt said he struggled with alcohol and quit drinking.
According to the FBI report, Jolie accused Pitt of pouring beer for her on that September 2016 trip that ended at Los Angeles International Airport.
Pitt appeared to challenge parenthood to his then-wife during the plane ride at the end of a two-week family trip, according to the report, which did not state the city of origin.
Jolie and her six children were on the flight, and the ‘Tomb Raider’ actor said she “could tell (redacted) was crazy,” in an apparent reference to Pitt, according to the report.
Jolie said when she asked him what was wrong, he reportedly replied, “That kid looks like a f—— Columbine kid.”
“She recalled (redacted) going on and saying things like, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing,'” in an apparent reference to her parenthood, the report continues.
They went to the back of the plane, hoping to be out of the children’s ears, Jolie told the FBI.
Pitt allegedly “grabbed her by the head, shaking her, then grabbing her by the shoulders and shaking her” before hitting “the ceiling of the plane about four times,” she said.
According to the report, at least one child witnessed the confrontation and asked, “Are you okay mom? before Pitt yells, “No, Mom’s not okay.” She’s ruining this family. She’s crazy.”
When someone else on the plane shot back at Pitt, “It’s not her, it’s you, asshole,” Jolie said she had to grab her husband by the neck to keep him from flying. attack that person.
Pitt spilled wine on an airplane chair, causing $25,000 in damages before “pouring beer all over her and the blanket she was under” with her children, according to the FBI report.
“AJ (Jolie) said she didn’t want to change her cover because she didn’t want to draw attention to them,” the report read.
Jolie said she was injured in the fight, according to the report, which included photos of an injured hand and elbow.
Jolie said, according to the report, that when the plane landed, they couldn’t get off with Pitt who allegedly burst, “You’re not going anywhere. You’re not getting off that fucking plane. F- — all of you. I f—— leave you.
The report says it’s based on an FBI interview with Jolie and that she was on board with six of her children.
Throughout the report, she is referred to as “AJ”, while all others’ names have been redacted.
Five weeks after the flight, federal prosecutors announced they would not bring any charges against Pitt.
“This author has provided both AUSAs (Assistant United States Attorneys) with copies of a probable cause statement related to this incident,” the FBI said in the report.
“After reviewing the document, a representative of the United States Attorney’s Office discussed the merits of this investigation with the case officer. It was agreed by all parties that the criminal charges in this case would not be pursued due to several factors.
Asked about the recent court filing, a source familiar with the matter said of Jolie, “Why are you filing an anonymous FOIA request to try and get the same information again? And the only reason to do so is for media purposes, because six years later, she still has nothing else to say but that. It’s information she’s had for six years. How does it benefit anyone in this family to release it now so many years later?
Representatives for Jolie did not respond to requests for comment regarding the motivation for the access to information records request.
Diana Dasrath and Andrew Blankstein reported from Los Angeles and David K. Li from New York.